NEW YORK CITY-Carl F. Schwartz and Laurie Grasso — two of the most prominent and recognizable Manhattan commercial real estate attorneys from Herrick, Feinstein LLP —have left the firm for Hunton & Williams, the firm has unveiled. In their new roles, Schwartz will serve as chair of the firm’s New York real estate group, focusing on development, private equity, opportunity funds and structured finance, and Grasso will serve as partner.

In an interview with, Grasso – who previously represented clients on transactions at 70 Pine St., 100 Wall St. and Teacher’s Village in Newark – says that the team will work together to greater expand the company’s presence in Manhattan. “Hunton & Williams has a great reputation in commercial real estate throughout the country, so we want to do that in New York,” she says. “We want to establish the platform so they can become one of the go-to real estate firms here.”

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